Are diamonds really a girl's best friend? Not to knock Marilyn Monroe's famous declaration, but we think she might have been undervaluing the easy elegance of pearls. Whether they're in strand form or adorning modern accouterments, pearls are luminous yet versatile, adding a touch of Old Hollywood elegance to every look. Not to mention, they've enjoyed a modern upgrade, and now pearl pieces come in a plethora of different variations: From bags to belts, from shoes to hair accessories, pearls are no longer reserved just for jewelry. For fall 2020, we saw pearls embellished on shoes at Y-Project, layered aplenty at Koché, and worn as belts and bag straps at Chanel. Since we can't get enough of the pearlescent stuff, we've narrowed down some luxe add-ons that are so not your grandmother's hand-me-downs.
These dainty pearl huggies are both perfect for everyday and perfect for layering. You can even remove the pearl and wear the huggie alone for a more minimal look.
Pearls for evening! This is the ideal bag to accompany a black tie look or for a spring wedding.
The ultimate gift. These timeless pearl drop earrings from Grace Lee will stand the test of time.
A new take on the tennis bracelet. This pearl-adorned piece is great worn alone or ideal for layering. Pair with a watch, gold bangles and voila! Layered jewelry done right.
These pearl-lined slingbacks pair perfectly with a black skinny jean and an oversized button-down.
Pearls with a bohemian twist. Pair these gold bad boys with a tiered ruffle skirt to capture some '70s free spirit.
This tortoise comb with faux pearls is a quick and classy way to clean up some bed head.
These boots are at a seriously unbeatable price. Styling hack: Show off the pearl detailing on these booties with a flared or tapered cropped pant.
Typically, pearls come in strands, but the cluster formation on this necklace makes this piece anything but traditional.
These 3-inch drop earrings will be your new go-to party look.
Pearl pieces come in a mix of different styles and a belt is one of its coolest iterations. Whether it's hip-grazing or waist cinching, a pearl belt will instantly make any outfit more sophisticated.
These pearl cluster earrings are perfect for day or night. Plus, the price can't be beat!
This brand-new pearl collection from Pamela Love just launched on Moda Operandi, and this shoulder-grazing pair is perfect for a big night out.
A version of this story appears in the May 2020 issue of Marie Claire (subscribe here).